Extra Dwarf Pak Choy - A path to instant garden gratification

If you are an impatient person, gardening might not be the best hobby choice. All that work in the dirt can take months, or even years for a descent payoff. However, there is hope for those who need a little more of an instant garden gratification to stay motivated. If you plant extra dwarf pak choy, you will be able to see sprouts in a matter of days and harvest your first crop within a month.

Extra dwarf pak choy doesn't mind nippy nights or an occasional blast of snow either. In fact, you want to get these seeds in the ground as soon as you can work the soil and harvest before things get too warm. This is a great choice for fickle climates like the Mountain West. You can plant a batch, wait two weeks, and then plant more for 2 successive spring crops. Once you harvest you can put in a warm season crop, then plant more of the tiny choy in the fall.

Growing equally well in garden beds or containers, this is a good choice for people with limited space or those who want to squeeze a little more productivity out of their growing space. Direct sewing is better than peat pots since the roots on these plants are surprisingly deep for the choy's size. Transplanting will stall growth as the tap root tries to reestablish. Large pots can be started inside and moved out doors, but since chilly weather is not a problem, you might want to save indoor start space for tomatoes and peppers.

Tender and tasty, Extra Dwarf Pak Choy is a great "distraction" crop. It will keep you busy enough in early spring that you wont obsess about how slow everything else is growing. In fact, the dwarf choy went from seed to harvest faster than it took my corn salad or red winter kale to even sprout! Not only is this a great option for an impatient adult, this is a fantastic crop to get kids excited about starting their own little garden patch.


Good seed sources include Baker Creek and Kitazawa Seeds.